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Born: July 17, 1979
Abington, Pennsylvania, USA
Born: January 25, 1952
Birthplace: Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA
Born: August 19, 1982
Seattle, Washington, USA
Born: abt 1952
In exploring The Case for Christ true story, we learned that years before Lee Strobel began working at the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald, the Arlington Heights, Illinois native edited and published his own four-page newspaper, the Arlington Bulletin, when he was just 13. The paper was delivered to 73 customers in the Stonegate subdivision where his family lived. It covered topics like bicycle news, state politics, local sports and weekly police reports. After high school, Strobel graduated from the University of Missouri with a journalism degree and then from Yale Law School with a Master of Studies in Law degree. -DailyHerald.com
In fact-checking The Case for Christ movie, we learned that Lee and Leslie met when they were 14 and married in 1972, after Lee's sophomore year in college. -The Case for Christ Facebook Page
Yes, he drank in excess regularly. In a Lee Strobel interview, he says that as an atheist, he had concluded that the best way to live his life was as a hedonist. "Just pursue pleasure, this is all you get in this world. So, that was my number one goal in life," says Strobel, "to bring maximum pleasure into my life. And so I lived a very immoral, and drunken, and profane, and narcissistic, really self-destructive kind of a life. That was my life."
Yes. However, The Case for Christ true story reveals that the neighbor's name was Linda, not Alfie. Lee's wife Leslie met Linda after they moved into a condo outside of Chicago. Leslie and Linda became best friends and it was very natural for Linda to talk to Leslie about Jesus, since He was such a big part of Linda's life.
Lee Strobel had always been a self-proclaimed atheist. "The mere concept of an all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving creator was absurd on the surface of it," Lee said. At one point, a neighbor named Linda (renamed Alfie in the movie) kept inviting Lee's wife Leslie to go to her church with her. In order to get the neighbor off her back, Leslie agreed to go. After attending Willow Creek Church, which then met at a movie theater, Leslie felt the experience had left an impression on her and she wanted to go back. "That experience with drama and contemporary music, when you were used to organ music, was so vastly different from anything I had experienced," she recalled. "It really marked me and made me want to go back."
Lee was having a hard time fathoming his wife's new interest. "I didn't want to be married to a Christian," he said. "I didn't sign up for this." He knew what he had to do. He'd go to church with her and make her see the reality of the "cult" that was sucking her in. On the mend from a hangover, Lee tagged along with his wife one Sunday morning. Following the sermon on "Basic Christianity," Lee felt inspired to use his journalistic skills to disprove it. That journey would take a year and nine months, with Lee eventually writing down the pros and cons of Christianity on a yellow legal pad. Like in the movie, it was during that time that his marriage to Leslie teetered on divorce. -DailyHerald.com
Yes. At times he did. In the movie, we see Lee (Mike Vogel) drinking and break a vase during an argument with his wife Leslie (Erika Christensen). The real Lee Strobel also once kicked a hole in the living room wall during an argument with his wife, a moment that his young daughter Alison witnessed. In a Lee Strobel interview, he says the ugliest detail about him is that he came home drunk and angry so often that his daughter would immediately gather her toys and go to her room when he walked in the door after work.
He said that he harbored a lot of anger and rage, but didn't know why. He later figured out that it was because he was always after maximum pleasure but nothing lived up to the hype, and he always felt let down.
"I became personally convinced that based on the historical evidence of the Resurrection, that this is actually true," Strobel said. -DailyHerald.com
Yes. After becoming an award-winning investigative journalist who was promoted to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune, Lee left journalism in 1987, taking a 60 percent pay cut to work as a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. He eventually became the host of the PAX TV program Faith Under Fire, in addition to writing numerous faith-based books and appearing as an inspirational speaker. His most notable book is his bestselling autobiography The Case for Christ, which chronicles his transformation from an atheist into a believer and provides the basis for the movie. -DailyHerald.com
No. However, he did attempt to make peace at his father's funeral. He stood over his dad's casket after he requested that the parlor be cleared. "I managed to whisper the words I desperately wished I had spoken so many years earlier: I'm sorry, Dad." Lee apologized for the ways he had disrespected his father, lied to him, and rebelled against him through the years. He expressed sorrow for being ungrateful and for the bitterness he had let possess his heart. There was no way his father could reply, but years later, after finding Christ, he believes that his father heard his words. -DailyHerald.com
"I'd say 80, 85 percent of the film comes right out of our lives," says Lee. "In fact, there are some scenes that we get emotional about because this is ripped from our lives. This is like a transcript." He cites the scene where his character freaks out when his wife tells him that she became a Christian and also the scene in the car when he tells her he can't remain married to a believer. Lee does acknowledge that the film had to be condensed in certain areas since the real investigation took a year and nine months. He also says that certain characters were composites. -Pure Talk Lee and Leslie Strobel Interview
Yes. In fact-checking The Case for Christ movie, we discovered that Lee Strobel appears as an extra in a scene in the newsroom of the paper.
Learn more about The Case for Christ true story by watching a Lee Strobel speech where he retells his story. Then watch a Lee and Leslie Strobel interview and a behind-the-scenes look at the movie.